The years 2040 - 2045: After the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption, there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives....
Meanwhile U.S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth. For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their 'long childhood' in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear are causing 'normal' human society to turn against the Next - and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable....
©2014 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks
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"More Baxter than Pratchett?"
No, it jumped around all over the place and had no narrative drive.
This series yes: the characters have lost their sense of identity and drive and now see to wander aimlessly from scene to scene.
He's great - accents, complex dialogue, emotion, all there and brilliantly executed.
No, too long.
For me this is the last episode of the Long Earth series. A stunning start, but the momentum has gone and I'm not sure we care about any of the characters enough to pick up the next volume
"Nothing new really."
Not going to write much, but for me the story seems to have lost direction now and is becoming a bit repetitive and if I am honest it is getting a bit boring, the whole thing is starting to seem a bit pointless and endless, there are just too many avenues to go down.
"OK as far as it goes, not the best in the series"
Yes, and I have done. However the narration isn't the best - some vary strange accents used for some of the characters. If you are familiar with Baxter & Pratchett's work individually you can see the mix in this series well. Unfortunately, in the later books Baxter's way of slipping into long narratives (which serve to paint a great picture of 'everyday' life in the particular universe - or universes in this case!) doesn't really do anything to add to the story. I started & finished this (and bought the 4th in the series) but no way as good as the first which I feel had much more suspense and more of the Pratchett twists & turns and, of course, gentle humour.
Not what you'd call 'gob smacking'
For me, MFS isn't best suited to this genre - however I understand that there are many who will feel he's done a great job on this - its just personal.
No, not really. I bought the first (The Long Earth) in hard back format - couldn't put it down, and just thought the concept and writing were great - nice humour too. I passed it on to my nephew as I thought he'd love it, being a big Pratchett fan, and wanted to introduce him to the Baxter Pratchett cooperative! I didn't bother to recommend the Long War, and certainly won't with the long Mars.
"very simple, so much story"
In part what i like the most is how these books have developed over the series. Each one develops the plot and introduces new and fascinating aspects.
I have no idea why, it is not the best or most important scene, but Lobsang servicing Agnese's motor bike. It says so much about the character.
He is not the best i have heard, but there is something about his voice that really does suit these books, and there is something just right about his interpretation of Lobsang.
Not one go, you do have to allow yourself to take all of this in. There is as i said, a lot of story.
"The end of the line."
This is where I leave this series. The first book was great - engaging, a good pace of plot & character development, multiple narrative strands weaving together; but the next two have been very disappointing.
The endless earths become rather tedious; the constant repetition of plot and character points from earlier in the novel - as if it was written for serialisation or for the hard-of-thinking - becomes annoying; and the storyline becomes pedestrian and predictable.
Maybe Pratchett was less involved in these next two, as he became more unwell, and Baxter the pop-scientist soldiered on trying to create a series. It's certainly missing that touch of Terry's magic, both in form and style.
"Decent instalment in series 3.5"
Rounded up to four stars for rating. Would have given 3.5 if I could.
Definite feel of an "instalment in series" rather than an entire book in its own right, but as I doubt many would read it without reading/listening to the first one (and then later books in the series) that doesn't really matter. This series is very involved and you DO need to start at the beginning to understand what is going on and a lot of the references made to events in previous books.
"good story spoilt by tedious detail"
I enjoyed the long earth and bore with the story through the long war. However, the long mars just degenerates into tedium as the narrative gives far too much detail and appears to be a vehicle to show how clever the authors think they are. Long scientific expositions that read like a back catalogue from New Scientist or Scientific America do little to further the story. References to literature, popular fiction, and academic studies alike are shoe horned into dialogue in the most clumsy way.
Lazy characterisations borrow heavily from tired stereotypes that border on xenophobia ... those pesky chinese just can't be trusted, the Russians are just jolly, drunk buffoons that want to stake their claim first, and the US army just want to nuke everything.
This could have been bearable if it had been delivered with the usual wry humour of Pratchett. However, the humor got lost, just like the story and the characters you got to know in the first two novels.
Not sure if I want to spend my time wading through the next installment. ..
expansion of the long earth into the long universe and expansion of the human race. not so much humour but a lot of clever science fiction
"good file up"
it is a while since I read long earth, so it took a while to get into it. thought it was ok. took several things from coursework science.
"Couldn't stop listening"
Excellent, scifi with a slight hint of the style of discworld. Enough to keep you hooked and light enough to dip in and out of.
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